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Lamprey pie is fit for a Diamond Jubilee Queen

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 23, 2012

  • GIFT: Golden Jubilee lamprey pie.

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QUEEN Elizabeth II will be getting a fishy jubilee gift from Gloucester, harking back to ancient tradition.

Her Majesty will be presented with a lamprey pie from the city as a celebration of her 60 years on the throne.

In 1952 Howard Sibson, who was then the city's High Sheriff, reintroduced an age-old local custom. In medieval times the people of Gloucester sent a decorated lamprey pie to each newly-crowned monarch.

Thanks to Mr Sibson, such a pie was prepared for the coronation of the present Queen in 1953 and her taste buds will be tickled once again for her landmark year.

The lamprey is a cross between an eel and a fish, once plentiful in the River Severn but now an endangered species.

Dr Marc Gaden of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will visit Gloucester on May 4 to present lamprey to Gloucester City Council. A lamprey pie will then be presented to her Majesty on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 24 2012, 5:24PM

    "The lamprey is a cross between an eel and a fish..." Something has been lost in translation, methinks.